Re: malicious police charges FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 20:42:36 -0800 (PST)


Marnie wrote to ask how people respond to excessive force and false charges
used to "silence political protest" in their communities.

Bonnie, I'm encouraged by your reply OCAP is fighting back in Toronto.  As
you say:

>Take heart, we will win. Homeless and poor people have a power that cannot
>be >denied.

In Maccachusetts, we've had some allies in our work to stem unfair police
practices.   The American Civil Liberties Union has gotten dismissal of
charges, which stemmed from arrests for a takeover of abandoned housing.
The state's Supreme Judicial Court has thrown out an anti-panhandling law
because it violated free speech rights.  Also, the City of Cambridge has a
"citizen rewiew board" to monitor police conduct.

An outside group needs to keep police accountable.  And many groups need to
work to create communities where health and safety prevail, and where there
is less justification for policing the poor and homeless.

How do we say no to those who would control us?
How do we create boss-free peer-managed communities?
How do we keep the peace there?

Seeking peaceful means to homeless peoples' aims.--Tom Boland